Managing and Coping with Stress in the New Year

Stress ManagementJanuary is moving pretty fast! How are you doing in 2014 so far?

We all know someone we’d readily prescribe stress management therapy to, don’t we? They are normally more edgy and aggressiveness when it comes to dealing with a crisis or they fly into histrionics. And then there are the people who deal with everything silently, especially life’s stresses and they need some attention too.

What if the person is you? Did you resolve to manage and cope with stress better in the New Year?

First of all, let’s hope you recognize stress and its signs.

Go Red for Women lists some of the signs of stress that include:

  • Headaches and backaches
  • Inability to sleep well
  • Easily irritated
  • Anxiety
  • Helplessness
  • Depression
  • Your responses, according to their site, are other indicators of having stress.

“When you are under stress, do any of these behaviors apply to you?

  • I eat to calm down.
  • I speak and eat very fast.
  • I drink alcohol or smoke to calm down.
  • I rush around but do not get much done.
  • I work too much.
  • I delay doing the things I need to do.
  • I sleep too little, too much or both.
  • I slow down.
  • I try to do too many things at once.
  • Engaging in even one of these behaviors may mean that you are not dealing with stress as well as you could.”

Once you’ve acknowledged that you are under stress and not dealing with it well, and then follow these tips by John Hammarley of the American Heart Association:

Should you try some of his recommendations and you still are having problems, then it is time to seek the professional and clinical counsel of a physician and/or your clergy. Don’t let stress be a silent killer. It can snub out your life and affect your health. Get help and be proactive about managing it.

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